Our annual conference each spring provides a chance to meet in a casual and friendly environment, with readings, panels, and book fair at Coastal Alabama Community College, Fairhope Campus in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers brings together teachers of writing as well as, students, writers, editors, and publishers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and others from—or interested in— the Gulf Coast region and its writing.
Fairhope 2019 Keynote Speaker: Yolanda J. Franklin
Yolanda J. Franklin is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, a recipient of a 2016-2017 McKnight Dissertation Fellowship and a Kingsbury writing award. Franklin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Her poems appear in the current issue or are forthcoming in the following journals: Hayden's Ferry Review, Southern Humanities Review, and the Apalachee Review. Her poetry also appears in the recent anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop and is a two-time recipient of a J.M. Shaw Academy of American Poets Award. Franklin is a third generation Floridian, born in the state's capital - Tallahassee. She loves dancing to old school hip-hop, baking, food tasting, and can be found at her favorite coffee shop, Black Dog Café in Railroad Square enjoying a drink the baristas named after her.